Cataract Surgery and Hypnosis

This week I had my left eye’s cataract removed and a lens best for distance vision implanted by Alan Dixon, MD at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  He prepared me well, including a video of the procedure which I watched in trance, and was comfortable with my using self-hypnosis instead of the usual sedation meds.  Folks at the hospital were a little surprised and startled as I went along  the prep path to the operating room.  In my one day follow-up visit I had none of the minor discomforts folks often have, and Dr Dixon said I did about like most of those who used the meds.  I did learn to expect pressure in the area toward the end of the procedure, so I expect to do even better for the other eye in January.

I used self-hypnosis for the same reasons I’ve used it for colonoscopies: not to lose the day to sedation, to show myself and others, medical and non-medical, the kind of self-regulation people can manage through hypnosis, and as a teaching/demonstration tool for anyone interested.  Folks who want to learn these skills usually feel proud and empowered at making manageable the anxieties and tension normally encountered in these out-patient procedures, and to prepare psychologically for any kind of surgery.

The research literature shows clearly that healing after surgery is often easier and quicker with hypnotic  preparation.   I’ve particularly enjoyed helping many expectant mothers use hypnosis to make normal labor and delivery much more comfortable, without subjecting mother or baby to the effects of sedation and anesthesia.

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7 Responses to Cataract Surgery and Hypnosis

  1. Dr. Bob says:

    Well thanks – I always wanna WOW you. I’m looking forward to having the other eye finished and expect hypnosis to help me even better than the first time.

  2. Jacqui says:

    Hi, Dr. Bob!

    I’d like to interview you for the Spring NCPA newsletter re: your recent knee surgery with only hypnosis as anasthesia. I’ve read the news story by Josh Shaffer and have read some of your blog and website (and vita) so I hope to be prepared to interview you well. We can either conduct the interview over the phone or in person or via email (with you preferably in -at most- a light trance). I’ll email you as well, please contact me regarding your willingness to be interviewed for NCPA!

    Thanks,
    Jacqui Harrison

    • Dr. Bob says:

      Sure J, I appreciator your interest, and I’m always glad to talk about what hypnosis is and isn’t – the best prep for a chat’d be reading [? re-reading] the short paper on my site under “Hypnosis” on the horizontal menu on the Home page. You have to actually click on Hypnosis again atop the drop-down menu to find “Brief Hypnosis Facts for Clients and Therapists”. There’s good and interesting stuff on the Professionals’ Page as well, tho not as focused on my personal view of the altered state we call hypnosis.
      We’ll talk by phone and arrange something -I look forward to meeting you soon. Dr Bob

    • Dr. Bob says:

      I just found, to my chagrin, that the drop down menu under Hypnosis on my site has lost several items, including that paper – I’ll get it restored ASAP, let you know, & give you a hard copy if it’s not up again soon

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